e-Tools for e-Printers
So how does WAM!PROOF enable a printer and a client to work as if they are sitting side-by-side, when they are really sitting in two different time zones? It's actually very simple, according to Mitch Prust, technology strategist for WAM!NET.
The file is spooled over to WAM!NET's purple box, which then frees up the workstation, Prust explains. WAM!PROOF then shoots the file, point-to-point, through the network to the destination site, where it is placed in the print queue on the network access device. Finally, the client can monitor the entire transaction through WAM!PROOF's infocenter. "You can actually see if the proof gets there, check on the transaction and run reports," he explains.
The benefits of WAM!PROOF are a fast turnaround, fewer iterations and more time for collaboration between the design and preflight teams. "With remote proofing, your proof isn't sitting in the belly of an airplane," Prust says.
Nick Vetter reports his customers are living proof that WAM!PROOF saves money and time for those publishers and clients who have consistent relationships. "It's freeing up the courier. We no longer have that five o'clock time crunch," he explains. "We are able to catch mistakes, thanks to the proofreading we do from the WAM!PROOF output, and literally ship the Quark layout file back to them using WAM!NET, allowing the client to make the changes desired very quickly."
The Bottom Line
The experiences of David Midler, Stuart Welham and Nick Vetter provide only a peek into how the printing industry is using Internet-based tools. There is no doubt that the World Wide Web is going to greatly impact how printers conduct business—it probably already has. Logging onto the Internet and exploring what the e-realm offers can mean savings of both time and money.
It can also mean improving the services you provide your clients. In an industry that demands quick turnaround, cost efficiencies and reliable service, it's becoming necessary for printers to take a hard look at how they can integrate Internet-based tools into their operations.